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The theatre is something special. Meme Simmons knows that. She was drawn to it as a child. First singing in the choir at age four then performing in high school plays for five years since she did her first musical with the high school when she was still in the eighth grade.
From high school she went straight to college in New York City. Eventually landing roles in off-broadway productions and touring companies.
Now she's back in her hometown bringing her theatrical talent to the people of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Here she has established Debbie's Angels Productions to produce shows and teach acting with the help of her relatives and friends.
In Jacksonville she has helped produce a musical at Southwest High School and directed theatre classes for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Debbie's Angels produced a musical called Broadway After Dark last year and has plans for two more adult performances this year and one for kids.
With one gig here, another there, these kids are quickly making it known, we're here, we're amazing, and you're going to love us!
Originally from Kinston, North Carolina he wound up in Miami via Minnesota. In Minneapolis he had his first brush with movies while working as an extra in Drop Dead Gorgeous. That's when he first became interested in film. While still in Minnesota Jackson produced films of both stage plays and screenplays. He also met his wife Karuna Sun when she auditioned for a film he was working on.
From Minneapolis they headed to Miami where Karuna was urged to come for modeling work. Jackson's first job in Florida was playing a Russian thug in Burn Notice. Ready to go anywhere he's looking to come back to North Carolina for some of the productions springing up in the area. Here is a conversation with Jackson about where acting has taken him.
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Q: Who has extraordinary musical talent, extraordinary good looks, extraordinary stage-presence as well as world renown, an extraordinary talent for turning classics into ultra-modern, an extraordinarily diverse fan-base, AND just came out with a Christmas album?
A: YES! Michael Buble!
(Okay.... Big swoon!)
Michael Buble... he's the one with the silky voice, the one that hushes all women's conversations the moment one of his songs comes over the radio, the one who sells out every venue he books worldwide, the one who has the very best, youngest and hottest musicians around, both in studio and in his music videos... he's he one! (Move OVER, Frank Sinatra!)
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Director Jimmy Chrismon will be hosting auditions for Vortex on August 7 at 2 PM and August 9 at 6 PM. The roles needed are: 2 men in their 20's or 30's.
South Pointe High School
801 Neely Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Contact Jimmy Chrismon at email@example.com or 803-389-6761.
The Rocky Horror Show will also need actors of all shapes and sizes! Auditions will also be at South Pointe High School on August 21 at 2 PM and August 23 at 6 PM.
The following roles are available:
Frank N. Furter
Rocky (the creature)
Eddie (the delivery boy)
Dr. Everett Scott
Actors must be over 18. For more information, visit http://www.theedgetheatre.org/
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- On Camera Class
- Voiceover Class
- Monologue Class
- Cold Reading Class
- Chicago Market discussion with Dawn Gray from Gray Talent Group and Lindsay Glickstein from Grossman Jack Talent.
- Wine and Cheese Networking
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- Best Play - War Horse
- Best Musical - The Book of Mormon
- Best Original Score - The Book of Mormon
- Best Revival of a Play - The Normal Heart
- Best Revival of a Musical - Anything Goes
- Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play - Mark Rylance in Jerusalem
- Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play - Frances McDormand in Good People
- Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Norbert Leo Butz in Catch Me If You Can
- Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Sutton Foster in Anything Goes
- Best Direction of a Play - Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris for War Horse
- Best Direction of a Musical - Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker for The Book of Mormon
- Best Choreography - Kathleen Marshall for Anything Goes
- and the list goes on...
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- For writers and actors at any stage of craft
- Writing exercises on preparing a personal monologue
- Critique, discussion, and edit suggestions
- Writers can sharpen character and story development skills
- Actors gain understanding of emotional and story elements of a character and have a personl monologue for auditioning.